Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
C’est fini! It’s finished! All done!
I’ve been reading a lot of Fancy Nancy with my daughter lately. The main character likes to speak french phrases because she thinks that they sound fancy. I think ‘all done’ sounds pretty good in any language (unless we’re talking about my favorite dessert or vacation time)!
Many of us are more than ready for that deep breath that comes with the end of the school year. Our graduates are certainly ready to celebrate their accomplishments and move on to the next thing. Our confirmands have completed their instruction and are ready to stand up in front of the congregation and publicly confirm the promises that were spoken over them in their baptism.
Each of these occasions marks the completion of something, but none of them are really the end. Whether it is another grade, a new class of students, another school, or new responsibilities/jobs, the end of the school year is really just a stepping stone to something else. Confirmation is not the end, by any means, but the beginning of adult membership, and taking ownership for faith and personal ministry as an integral part of the body of Christ. There is a quote that I particularly appreciate:
“This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road.”Martin Luther
God is constantly sanctifying us–molding and changing us, and we’re not quite ready, yet!
There are two very significant times where we read that phrase “it is finished” in scripture: It is one of the phrases that Jesus utters from the cross as He completes the work of salvation for us – taking all sin and shame upon himself. We also see Jesus speaking this phrase in Revelation 21:6 right after he declares that He is making all things new!
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”Revelation 21:3-7
Through the calling of the Holy Spirit we have all been included in the amazing story of God’s people that started with Adam and Eve in the Garden. No matter how many “endings” we may experience, God is still writing our story. We have the promise that one day He will come to declare that “it is done”. The really cool thing is that we’ve already read the last page of that book: Jesus wins and we believers live happily [for]ever after!
Your Sister in Christ,
Tara Darling, DCE